Vertical parking (1920 - 1976)

Thursday, 4 February 2016

by: Qurius

A different kind of parallel parking by Alex Q. Arbuckle.

Vertical parking New York

1920 Elevator parking lot in New York.

  • The first foray into space-saving automatic parking systems was the Garage Rue de Ponthieu in Paris, which in 1905 unveiled an internal elevator which could lift cars to different levels to be parked by attendants.
  • More automated systems followed. One of the most popular was the paternoster system, which lifted and stored vehicles in boxes, allowing eight cars to be parked vertically in the footprint space of two cars.
  • The popularity of automatic parking systems ultimately waned due to the long wait times required for customers to retrieve their cars, but they can still be found in cities worldwide.